roofing: Trusses, Rafters... What the Heck is the Difference? - 02/13/11 08:58 PM
Trusses, Rafters... What the Heck is the Difference?
One of the frequent questions I am asked is: what is the difference between trusses and rafters?
 
Rafters
Rafters are sloped framing members running downard from the peak of the roof all the way to the plates of the outside walls. They are the support for the roof load. Ceiling joists tie the outside walls together, support the ceiling materials for the room below, and secure the bottom ends of the rafters.
Carpenters build conventional rafter roof frames on-site. The rafters are installed one piece at a time.

 
 
Trusses
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roofing: What Causes Ice Dams? Part I - 11/07/10 10:42 PM
What Causes Ice Dams?
Temperatures are dropping. On Friday, it started snowing as I drove off to pick up dinner. Granted, it didn't stick, but we all know winter is on its way.
Every year I see Michigan homes damaged by ice dams. A lot of people have heard the term "ice dam," but don't really understand what it is, what it does, or how to prevent it.
An ice dam is, essentially, a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. It prevents melting snow from draining off the roof, causing water to back up behind the … (1 comments)

roofing: Rafters vs. Trusses - 10/31/10 04:14 PM
Rafters vs. Trusses
One of the frequent questions I am asked is: what is the difference between rafters and trusses?
Rafters
Rafters are sloped framing members running downard from the peak of the roof all the way to the plates of the outside walls. They are the support for the roof load. Ceiling joists tie the outside walls together, support the ceiling materials for the room below, and secure the bottom ends of the rafters.
Carpenters build conventional rafter roof frames on-site. The rafters are installed one piece at a time.

 
 
Trusses
Trusses are engineered and prefabricated assemblies, … (0 comments)

roofing: Understanding Ice Dams - 10/17/10 08:06 PM
Understanding Ice Dams
Winter is on its way. And that means the bane of Michigan residents -- ice dams -- will be coming soon.
A lot of people have heard the term "ice dam," but don't really understand what it is, what it does, or how to prevent it.
Basically, an ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. It prevents melting snow from draining off the roof, causing water to back up behind the dam, move back up the roof, and leak into the house.

 
What Causes Ice Dams?
Simply put, … (1 comments)

roofing: How To Hire A Roofing Contractor - 10/10/10 10:34 PM
How To Hire A Roofing Contractor Have you ever watched that wonderful show, Holmes on Homes, on television? The host, Mike Holmes, visits unfortunate people who have been cheated by different contractors, rights the wrongs with his crew and fixes their housing nightmares.

It makes for interesting and educational television, and it begs the question: how do you avoid being a victim? Roofs and roofing systems are among the most important parts of the house. How do you hire a roofing contractor?
There are several things a homeowner needs to know about insurance and permits. Homeowners can be stuck … (4 comments)

roofing: Maintaining A Roof - 10/10/10 09:55 PM
Maintaining A Roof    Roofs play a key role in keeping our lives dry and comfortable. The roof, insulation and ventilation all work together to keep our houses and buildings free from moisture. Roofs also protect us from the sun. Correctly designed, overhangs actually protect the building's exterior walls from both sun and moisture. Such an important part of the house deserves some routine maintenance to keep working properly. This includes cleaning the leaves and debris from the roof’s valleys and gutters, a common task here in Michigan. Please note that many of the gutter protectors that are supposed to keep … (1 comments)

roofing: Water Intrusion: Roof Leaks And The Chimney - 09/09/10 02:15 PM
Water Intrusion: Roof Leaks And The Chimney
Chimney flashing is actually a two-part system. There is the step flashing, which gives it that -- surprise! -- stair step look, and the counter-flashing, which is embedded in the brick and covers the counter-flashing.
They become a two-part overlapping flashing that provides great protection from water... as long as it is in good condition.

But when it is in poor condition, the flashing is one of the main causes of a leaking roof.
Failure typically happens for two basic reasons:
1) The flashing is punctured or torn, or
2) It has come … (2 comments)

 
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